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Hrmm... Netbooks?

Okay, my laptop's been going a little wonky off-and-on lately. Also? Its battery life is SHOT! Seriously, I can get it to last for about 30 minutes. My lovely Toshiba isn't even that old (what, 2 years?) I don't know why it's being weeeiiirrrddd *cry* HUGE problem. I mean, I have it under warranty and Best Buy could fix it up, but that means going without my computer for at least a week. Not acceptable. A) I live on my computer. B) NaNoWriMo is coming up. C) This is my ONLY computer at the apartment/available to me. D) I'm a frigging grad student, how the hell could I do anything I'm required to do without my computer?!


Anyway, I'm nervous as hell about this and thus want to minimize the wear I put this baby through in the coming months. (In December when I go home for a while I'll be ok sending the laptop in for a check-up.) With that thought in mind, I'm thinking it's time to get a netbook. BUT I NEED HELP to figure out what're my best options.


Netbook needs:
- Long battery life
- Word-processing (would love to be able to load Microsoft Word on it to make things easy)
- Internet connection
- Portability
- Sturdy/hardy

I don't care much about audio capabilities and I can sacrifice graphics/video as long as I can do general web browsing and do my word-processing.

So.... suggestions? Info? Cost is also kinda an issue... Like, under $600 I'm thinking or I'll feel like I should just be aiming for a new damn computer (and it's too soon for that).

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sonneta
Oct. 21st, 2010 02:36 am (UTC)
I don't personally have a netbook, but just browsing around a bit, it looks like cost is usually in the $300-500 range (base price).

I'd usually take a glance at what CNET recommended, but their site is being dumb just now. My dad has a Toshiba netbook that he likes pretty well - he basically just surfs the web on it. For what that's worth.


enmuse
Oct. 21st, 2010 02:41 am (UTC)
Every little bit helps. :) And yeah, I'm taking a look at names, too. Like, I will not do an HP. Nope, no way, no how. The laptop I had from them lasted 2 months before major problems. Within a year it'd gone into Best Buy so many times that it was declared a lemon and my mom got a new computer out of it. :p (I had to get a new laptop - my Toshiba - in the meantime)
gin200168
Oct. 21st, 2010 03:13 am (UTC)
I LOVE my netbook! I just started grad school this semester (in the middle of nowhere) and got one as a going-away present from some friends. If it dies, I will replace it a heartbeat. No, really.

I TAKE IT EVERYWHERE in my backpack (invested in a better than the average carrying case for it) & it's the best thing I own. Seriously. I also have a lot of peace of mind because it reduces the wear and tear on my laptop (which I can then leave at home). I use it for notes everyday, making quizzes for my students, emails on the go, etc.

A decent netbook will run you ~$300. Practically all of them are running Win7 Starter Edition, which is lacking in features (like desktop customization) but does the job. I run Office 2007 on mine (Word, Excel, & Powerpoint) and it handles most things just fine.

The ones equipped w/the Intel Atom processors tend to have a better battery life. Mine can go a good 6-8 hours at a time per charge depending on how many simultaneous tasks/programs it's running at at time. They lack processing power (can't even play Farmville, really) but do all the basics otherwise.

Make sure your utilities are lightweight in order to extend your battery life. Startup/background programs will eat your power and memory resources.


Ummmm yeah. I really should be doing my take home exam right now. Contact me if you have more questions/want to discuss-- I'd be more than happy to help-- just as soon as I get this exam done. :-)
enmuse
Oct. 21st, 2010 03:24 am (UTC)
Great info, thanks! :) But you haven't said what brand you have! ;p I'm compiling reviews now... ha! I'm hoping to get something good quickly. <3
enmuse
Oct. 21st, 2010 03:39 am (UTC)
Excited to see it's a Toshiba!! :D Because that's the brand I'm peering at a lot. ;)
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enmuse
Oct. 21st, 2010 04:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the input! :)
enigmaticblues
Oct. 21st, 2010 12:02 pm (UTC)
We have a Dell Netbook that I've used when my laptop is on the fritz. It's light, durable, and we haven't had any real problems with it. I just like my Macbook a whole heck of a lot better.
enmuse
Oct. 21st, 2010 04:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
tfwftw
Oct. 22nd, 2010 11:37 am (UTC)
A thought - you might also just describe the problems to the folks at Best Buy and see if they think a new battery would help - since you mention power problems, and I find batteries don't last as long as the rest of a computer. I replaced the battery on mac around the time it turned 3, and it gave it a whole new lease on life. (And I find Best Buy, at least the ones near me, doesn't try to sell me on stuff I don't need.)

How effective it would be would depend on what other problems you're having, and it sounds like netbook prices are eminently reasonable, but it's worth looking into, especially if you're on a budget.

...also, just to be sure, you're backing up regularly to external media, right? I DON'T WANT THIS TO END IN TEARS!
tfwftw
Oct. 22nd, 2010 11:38 am (UTC)
I should clarify: Cho is unimpressed with your computer and its hissy fit. He is very impressed with you!
blood_red_alibi
Oct. 22nd, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC)
Sorry, I was here looking for your NaNo tips, and caught this. I have the Toshiba NB205 and absolutely love it. It's a 12" screen (I think), but it comes with a battery add-on (came standard with mine) that gives it a 9 hour battery life. Plus I've dropped the little heffer a couple of times, but it hasn't seemed to damage it's little computer brain too much. I've had this one for not quite a year, but I still love it, the only thing I really miss is a CD port being built in. Other than that, it has good speed and good resolution. I don't use it for photoshop because I have a bigger laptop with a larger screen, so I have no idea how it would keep up with that.
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